Welcome to Purdue Graduate Studies in English!
We are a diverse, robust, and challenging program of graduate study—and remain among the best English departments for graduate studies in the country. In fact, we’re consistently ranked among the best. In 2017 alone, we hosted the illustrious Margaret Atwood at our Literary Awards program, graduated 46 new MA, MFA, and PhD students into the world with a 64% job placement rating among new PhDs, and welcomed award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar to a Visiting Professor position for the 2017-2018 school year. We are also pleased to be hosting Terese Mailhot, our first post doc under the Four Directions program for native scholars.
In the Purdue English department, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) have opportunities to teach introductory composition in our renowned ICaP program, as well as apply for other teaching opportunities in professional writing, film studies, literature courses, creative writing, and more. In addition, research fellowships and other TA positions—such as working for the Purdue OWL, on-campus writing lab, or CROW (Corpus & Repository of Writing) Lab—offer alternative, valuable academic opportunities. And new roles are always opening up. For example, this year, the prestigious academic journal, Modern Fiction Studies, housed here at Heavilon Hall, introduced its own one-year teaching assistantship, awarded to an incoming grad student who demonstrates “outstanding potential in 20th-and/or 21-st century literary studies.” (Find out more about this new MFS position.)
And never be without your Grad Manual!
(Mentors, you can always start with our mentoring cheat sheet!)